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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (catastrophe)
a. disaster
La isla de Sumatra sufrió uno de los peores desastres naturales de la historia en el 2004.The island of Sumatra suffered one of the worst natural disasters in history in 2004.
2. (wreck)
a. disaster
Tu cuarto es un desastre y no puedes salir con tus amigos hasta que lo recojas.Your room is a disaster and you can't go out with your friends until you clean it up.
b. mess
La casa quedó hecha un desastre después de la fiesta.The house was a mess after the party.
3. (failure)
a. disaster
Mi vecino es un desastre con las matemáticas y por eso le doy clases particulares.My neighbor is a disaster when it comes to math, which is why I give him private lessons.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. disaster
su madre es un desastreher mother is hopeless
¡vaya desastre!what a shambles!
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¡qué desastre! how awful!; la función fue un desastre the show was a shambles; como pintor es un desastre he's a totally useless painter; llegó a la fiesta hecha un desastre she arrived at the party looking a terrible sight; soy un desastre dibujando I'm terrible o hopeless at drawing; es un desastre de hombre he's a dead loss (familiar)
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